When I refer to “home” now it is all relative. When I say I’m going home when I am in London I mean a visit to Halifax/Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. When I say home anywhere else I mean London where I am living at the moment. So it all depends on where I am when asked really. They say home is where the heart is, however I love where I’m from, as well London has captured my heart and imagination too. One day it would be nice to get a balance and be able to divide my time between the two (winter in London of course).
When people ask me where I’m from, especially when travelling, it can be a tricky question. If I answer London, England I get strange looks due to the lack of English accent. To cover it all I say I’m Canadian, living in London. Next question is usually what part of London or what part of Canada. People love to know where you come from.
I am proud of where I’m from. Nova Scotia has played a part in shaping who I am, and I think for the better. It was nice to hear on my visit home, from one of my oldest friends, that after almost 5 years here in London I’ve not changed. I take that as a big compliment.